Tagged: Insight

Anniversary of two articles: Foresight in hindsight

This weekend marks the anniversary of two articles that I wrote concerning Russia. They were about the future, based on learning from the past. About foresight. They weren’t anything special, really. What made them significant was that they examined and interpreted facts that most people didn’t want to know or discuss. The first article, written in 1999 for Insight magazine,...

PDFs of Insight articles, 1997-2004

Attached are PDFs of some of my articles from Insight magazine, 1997-2004. The Insight website was taken down when the magazine closed, so online copies are hard to find. IM Russian nuclear1999.04.15 IM Wahhabi 2002 IM China Aug2002 IM Apoc Aug2002 IM America at war Sep2002 IM Kabbani Oct2002 IM Bush doctrine Oct2002 IM Saffuri response Oct 2002 IM Econ...

China waging political warfare against its neighbors

by J Michael Waller, adapted from article in Insight magazine, May 26, 2003 Might the People’s Republic of China (PRC) be waging covert political operations to weaken Asian and Pacific governments’ support for their security relationships with the United States? U.S. intelligence officials tell me they have detected no Soviet-style “active-measures” campaign. However, Chinese tradecraft depends more on financial co-option of business and...

How terrorists use ‘civil liberties’ arguments to undermine the war effort

by J. Michael Waller Insight, March 4, 2003 Terrorists and their supporters are doing their best to weave themselves into the political fabric of American society, say specialists in homeland security. They are operating front groups and charities to finance their operations, and they are running influence operations to weaken federal antiterrorism laws under the guise of protecting civil liberties. The...

The Bush Doctrine: New national security strategy abandons moral relativism

by J Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15-18, 2002 Here at last is a new White House document that doesn’t mince words: friends and enemies; good and evil; right and wrong. It’s all inThe National Security Strategy of the United States of America — the essence of what is becoming the Bush Doctrine — and it’s turning the establishment diplomatic and international-security communities...

20 reasons to overthrow Saddam Hussein

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, September 9, 2002 President George W. Bush intends to finish off Saddam Hussein once and for all. A spectrum of options is at his disposal, from covert operations against the Iraqi leader to a range of military actions that include outright invasion in partnership with Iraqi resistance. Leaving Saddam Hussein in power, Bush told reporters...

‘Civil rights’ lawyer Lynne Stewart arrested for aiding terrorism

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, 15 April 2002 At the ancient Egyptian temple city of Luxor six men clad in police uniforms flagged down two busloads of Japanese and European tourists, seized them and drove the buses across the dunes toward the Valley of the Queens. The men raked the buses with gunfire, then hacked and stabbed the terrified passengers...

Domestic front in the war on terror

by J. Michael Waller Insight magazine, 17 December 2001 The brochure warns: “Don’t talk to the FBI. The FBI is looking for information to use against you, your family and/or your community.” It has been posted on the Internet since 1997 by the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF). Many militant groups and their supporters, from the antiglobalist anarchists to...

Blinded vigilance: How Deutch and Tenet helped weaken the CIA prior to 9/11

by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15, 2001 While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash them into Manhattan skyscrapers and the Pentagon, senior CIA officials were compelling analysts and operations officers to attend sensitivity-training classes and sew diversity quilts. That is a fact. It also is a metaphor for why the United States, with...

Blinded vigilance: How Deutch and Tenet helped weaken the CIA prior to 9/11

by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15, 2001 While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash them into Manhattan skyscrapers and the Pentagon, senior CIA officials were compelling analysts and operations officers to attend sensitivity-training classes and sew diversity quilts. That is a fact. It also is a metaphor for why the United States, with...